Takesada Matsutani

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Takesada Matsutani

Work from his oeuvre.

“Born in Osaka in 1937, Matsutani began his artistic exploration in 1956 with Nihonga, a traditional Japanese painting genre. His paintings soon veered away from this time honored style, as his subject matter became more abstract.  Matsutani began experimenting with vinyl wood glue, which allowed the introduction of the third dimension into his paintings. In 1960, Matsutani participated in his first exhibition with the Gutai group in the Pinacotheca Gutai. He had become a member and was exhibited regularly until the dissolution of the group in 1972. He received a grant to study in France and settled down there since 1966. His work is now characterized by the use of two materials: glue and graphite. Museums and private collectors in Japan own the majority of the first Gutai generation’s art.  However, Matsutani’s productivity and longevity have lead him to be widely represented on the market today.  While most Gutai artists are no longer living, Matsutani continues to testify his commitment to the aesthetic and conceptual statements of the movement.

The Gutai Art Association was founded in the summer of 1954  by Jiro Yoshihara and seventeen other young Osaka-area artists… The Gutai Art Manifesto declared, “Gutai  Art does not change the material but brings it to life.” – Galerie Richard

Gutai Spirit Forever Part 1 is currently on exhibit through March 16th, 2013 at Galerie Richard, New York.

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